What should I expect when I go to court?

• Prior to entering the courtroom, please turn off or silence your phone or pager.

• When you get to court, check in with court staff.

• Listen to instructions from court staff and from the judge. The proceedings are sound recorded, so please remain quiet until it is your time to speak.

• The judge will give an opening statement explaining court procedures, defendants’ rights and penalties.

Cases are usually called in the following order:

Requests for postponements

Uncontested motions

First arraignments

Guilty pleas

Contested motions

Pleas of not guilty with an attorney

Pleas of not guilty without an attorney

• A case may be postponed to give you time to obtain representation by a private attorney or by a public defender if you qualify and prepare your defense. If you need a postponement, ask the court staff for assistance.

• If your case involves a dispute between you and another person, you may be required to participate in a discussion with a mediator to attempt to settle the dispute without going in front of the judge.

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1. Do I need to appear in court if I choose to plead guilty and pay the fine
2. If I can plead guilty without going to court, how much will I have to pay?
3. What should I expect when I go to court?
4. What is a plea agreement?
5. What happens if I plead guilty in court?
6. What if I plead not guilty?
7. Can I use the Internet to find more information or to plead guilty and pay a fine?
8. If I am found guilty, what happens after court?
9. How can I appeal a decision of the court?
10. What happens when the court’s orders are not obeyed?